Clare farmers recycle waste plastics and old electronics

Clare farmers recycle waste plastics and old electronics


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Hundreds of tonnes of waste farm plastics, waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) and waste batteries were collected for recycling throughout County Clare during May.  

The Irish Farm Film Producers Group (IFFPG) and ERP Ireland, who operate national compliance schemes for farm plastics and WEEE/waste batteries, respectively, came together last month to organise an extensive network of temporary bring collection sites throughout the County.

The initiative was focused on farmers who were provided with a facility to deposit their household waste electrical and electronic equipment and waste batteries, at the same time as they deposited their waste farm plastics.

Meanwhile, members of the public are being reminded that WEEE and waste batteries from households can be deposited free-of-charge year-round at any of the 5 Council-operated civic amenity sites in Ennis, Inagh, Shannon, Lisdeen and Scarriff.  In addition, ERP Ireland organise once-off collections of WEEE and waste batteries during the year at various locations in the County.

Clare County Council is also reminding farmers who did not avail of the IFFPG temporary bring collection sites that they must manage and recycle their waste farm plastics in an environmentally safe manner. This can be done by ensuring that only waste collectors with a valid waste collection permit are used and that waste farm plastics are brought to facilities or temporary bring sites that have appropriate authorisation.  Farmers are advised to contact Clare County Council or visit the Council’s website for further information on authorised collectors and facilities in operation in Clare.

Further information on the supply, purchase, collection and recycling of farm plastics or general queries concerning WEEE and waste batteries may be obtained from the Clare County Council website,, or by contacting the Waste Enforcement Section of Clare County Council by telephone on 065 6846331.